A Fantastic Four sequel could still happen. Superhero movie fans might want to sit down for this news.
Producer Simon Kinberg, the man who gave us what is debatably the worst superhero film since Batman & Robin, wants another chance with the same cast. It seems he may have learned from his mistakes and is hoping to make the second one more of an acceptable entry, adding some of the humor back into the story.
The movies based on this team have rarely been good in the popular opinion, with the first one hardly even registering in the minds of fans. No, the first one did not have Jessica Alba, Ioan Gruffudd, Michael Chiklis, and the first appearance of Chris Evans in a Marvel Comics movie. The first one was made on a much smaller budget and reached an equally small audience.
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When 20th Century Fox took over the rights to the Fantastic Four, it was mostly due to Marvel Comics nearing bankruptcy. They made a watchable, yet critically derided, film where the biggest mistake was that the team of superheroes barely even fought the villain. Most of the film had them actually dealing with a problem they created and then being called heroes for their blunder. When a Fantastic Four sequel hit with Silver Surfer, it was a massive let-down, as Galactus had been reduced to a hurricane in space.
Twice we had seen Marvel’s first superhero family against a villain they barely even interacted with, and a reboot was made in 2015. This reboot lacked most of the humor that made the previous team enjoyable, and even Kate Mara, who played the new Susan Storm, joked that nobody saw it. The film had been up against fan hatred from the beginning and did little to prove them wrong.
Now it seems Simon Kinberg wants to try again and fix what was wrong with the reboot by trying another Fantastic Four sequel. He even agreed in an interview with Den of Geek that the movie just wasn’t good.
“We didn’t make a good movie. The world voted, and I think they probably voted correctly. And you can’t make a good movie every time out – not everybody does. We actually have a pretty good batting average, all things considered. But I think we made many mistakes when we made that movie – mistakes that we learned from and we wouldn’t repeat.
“We’ll try to be truer to the essence of the tone of Fantastic Four, which is … largely distinct from the X-Men, which is brighter, funner, more optimistic tone. I think we tried to make a darker Fantastic Four movie, which seemed like a radical idea but we were kind of messing with the DNA of the actual comic instead of trusting the DNA of the comic.”
Kinberg says he’d like to get the cast back for the Fantastic Four sequel, stating that he loved the lineup. He also says that he’s really a big fan of the comic books, a notion that he’s going to have a hard time proving to today’s comic book purists.
— Heroic Hollywood (@heroichollywood) May 13, 2016
Catering to the latest trends doesn’t always work, and many are hoping he won’t be trying to make an R-rated Fantastic Four sequel just because it worked for Deadpool.
[Image via 20th Century Fox]